Markač goes back to Hague cell

Mladen Markač, accused of war crimes by the Hague Tribunal, is returning to jail Sunday.

Source: B92, Beta

His lawyer, who saw the former Croatian Army general off at the Zagreb airport this morning, confirmed the news.

Markač boarded a regular Zagreb-Amsterdam flight accompanied by two Interpol officials, and will be taken over by Hague Tribunal guards and escorted to his detention cell once in Holland.

This is the epilogue of a story that a Croatian internet portal first broke last weekend, bringing to light the fact Markač was violating the conditions of his provisional release, accompanied by none other than the Croatian police (MUP) chief, Ivica Kirin.

Two pair went hunting last week despite Markač's obligation not to leave his place of residence. The incident, at first denied, has cost the former general his temporary freedom, while Kirin resigned his post in the Sanader cabinet.

The Hague Tribunal says it only learned about the violation of Markač's terms of release from the media, and that the Croatian government confirmed this after express requests from the UN war crimes court, although it was under obligation to do so immediately, arrest Markač, and send him to The Hague.

Mladen Markač, Ante Gotovina, and Ivan Čermak await trial, charged with war crimes committed against Croatia's ethnic Serbs during the 1995 Operation Storm.


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